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Double Chocolate Banana-Berry Bites

Double Chocolate Banana Berry Bites

This is my favorite banana bread recipe, chocolatized. With strawberries. My daughter didn’t want me to go there. But the chocolate fiend in me just couldn’t help it. I was so intrigued with making a chocolate strawberry muffin-ette … I just HAD to have them.

Double Chocolate Banana Berry Bites

I made my daughter some of our regular chocolate chip banana bread so she would be happy too. She wants to use the berries in crepes. I wonder if they’ll last that long … I’m guessing not … strawberries don’t last very long at our house.

Double Chocolate Banana Berry Bites

Double Chocolate Banana-Berry Bites

Adapted from Cooking Light

  • 3 mashed ripe bananas (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (add more or less, depending on how chocolatey you want your muffin-ettes)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup quality chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet)
  • Strawberries, cleaned, tops cut off and halved or quartered
  • Raw sugar, for sprinkling the tops
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the bananas, sugar, yogurt, canola oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is thoroughly mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips, reserving a few for the tops of your little muffin-lings. If you want, you could add some chunks of strawberry to the batter.
  4. Spoon the batter into mini-muffin pans coated with cooking spray. Top each muffin with a berry piece, sprinkle whatever batter is still “exposed” with a bit of raw sugar, and add a couple chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 325° until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 – 25 minutes.

Double Chocolate Banana Berry Bites

(And oh by the way, if you want some dang good banana bread that’s NOT chocolatized or berrified, just leave out the cocoa powder and the strawberries and bake in a 9×5 inch bread loaf pan for about 1 hr 15 min.)

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This post was also shared at Thursday’s TreasuresWeekend Potluck, Everyday Mom’s Meals, Trick or Treat Tuesdays and  Totally Tasty Tuesdays and A Crafty Cook’s April Link Party.

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17 responses

  1. chindeep3141

    I love chocolate and strawberries together. Bravo! this is beautiful :)

    ~M

    April 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

  2. Wow! What a combo, banana bread, chocolate and strawberries. Your muffins are amazing, and I love strawberries in anything. Sending #berrylove your way!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Becky! I need to go spread some #berrylove too …

      April 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

  3. Karen

    I have to definitely try these. They look yummy…. Thanks….

    April 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    • Ann

      I hope you do, Karen … they ARE yummy! Thank you so much :)

      April 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  4. One of these days, Ann… one of these days… I’m gonna open your newest post in my e-mailbox and promptly faint and fall out (as they say in the South)! Lawd have mercy! Sooooooo chocolatey, and bite-size and strawberries too! I surrender :) xoxo

    April 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  5. P.S. I just happen to have some VERY ripe bananas just waiting to be rescued! :) Thanks!

    April 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  6. Chocolate and strawberries are the best combination! I haven’t seen this blog hop before, but I have a couple of berry recipes to share. Who started this blog hop?

    April 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  7. These look sinful. I am glad you have the strawberry in the picture so we can see how big the bites really are. I think I might want more than one…Take care, BAM

    April 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    • Ann

      Yes, they are mini-muffin sized (although admittedly the berries are big too) … the recipe is pretty healthy … it came from Cooking Light so you don’t have to feel TOO guilty :)

      April 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

  8. I love chocoheselate and strawberry, Ann. These look very delicious , I could eat 3 of them right now :)

    April 7, 2012 at 3:07 am

    • Ann

      I know I think chocolate and strawberries are just heaven together! I ate so many of these little bites. Perhaps I should have just made them bigger and eaten only one?

      April 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

  9. ups I meant chocolate :)

    April 7, 2012 at 3:08 am

  10. Wow, these look so good. I think I saw strawberries on sale at my grocery store. Now I have a reason to buy some. Thanks for stopping by my link party to share your ideas.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    • Ann

      I am so excited for you to try them … I just made a new batch this morning because I was craving them and they were all gone!

      April 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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